More about Me, Joy Valerie

Most of us dream of what we will do “one day“. One day when we have the time maybe we will start that blog, that podcast, that business. One day maybe we will travel the world, meet amazing people, and be living a life that brings us joy.

Then we wonder “What if?”, what if you had taken the risk and quit that job you hated. What if you had booked that ticket to the country you had never heard of? What if you left that relationship that is holding you back? What if you take the risk and change your career. What if you take the risk and turn your dreams into action.

Waiting for one day and questioning the what if’s ends up wasting time.

That yes, I might fail, but I would rather fail a million times and succeed once knowing I did what brought me joy. That I don’t need to be confined to what I’m “supposed to do” but instead can

10 years ago I decided to change my trajectory from Chemical Engineer to go into Social Impact Business. I had been planning my life to live the “American Dream” – graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology by 21, married by 23, kids by 28, and a beautiful suburban house by 30. I realized tat this dream was not mine – my dream that I had accepted would be “one day” when I’m retired . One day I would travel the world, I would be self sufficient, I would get to indulge my creative passions and make an impact in the world.

I took a HUGE risk  to start working on all my One Day dreams.

I went to Kosovo, a country I had only read about, and since then have backpacked and traveled to 26 countries on my own. I wanted to make an impact and joined Grameen America and Americans for Immigrant Justice through Americorps. I wanted to learn how the business of internet worked and joined as the first employee to where I ended up leading operations and expanding the company to four countries and millions in revenue in four years. I needed to express myself and ended up starting a blog, then profitable podcast Basic Brown Nerds, where I have connected to amazing people from all over the world.

I realized I didn’t need to be confined to an office

All of this could be achieved through the power of the internet. The key was just figuring out the missing pieces and I had build up the tools over the years to do just this. I started working remotely consulting for tech startups and working on my own creative projects.

Realizing that all I needed was a laptop and internet connection and I could do this from anywhere in the world. That I didn’t have to sacrifice my dreams to be able to make a living and thrive.

There’s a growing community of “digital nomads” and creatives who live a location independent lifestyle outside of an office. We’re software developers, designers, writers, journalists, engineers, and all sorts of people who share a passion for the work we do and experiencing the world.

We aren’t confided to a 9-5 waiting to retire to start living.

I’m working hard on bootstrapping an ambitious media consulting & marketing startup. I’m traveling because it’s cheaper, more productive, and more inspiring than sitting in one place. Traveling is the most responsible choice for the sake of my company, my finances, and my personal growth.

I build my company by accident.

I started creating on the internet while working at an advertising technology startup. Our focus was monetizing online content and building SaaS (software as a service) products in the space. I realized I could monetize what I was sharing on the internet. That I didn’t have to “sell out” and work with brands and organizations I truly believed in. That I could continue to express my ideas of justice, feminism, and empowerment of my community and didn’t have to be starving and making non-profit salary to do so.

I realized there are so many people out there that want to do just the same. That my mission became to work with those that want to actually make a difference through their what they are building.

The key is to build out the steps and start!

So I am here to help people break down their goals to be able to start turning those creative projects into viable businesses. That we can build products and technology that will create a better world.